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Nokia C7 Review

0. phoneArena posted on 27 Oct 2010, 07:25

What do you get if you take a Nokia N8, give it a little more shine, a lot more curve, and monochrome it with a makeover? Well, you'd be left with something that looked much like the Nokia C7, a handsome contender for those of you who want a familiar Symbianˆ3 experience without the visual statement that is the N8...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 27 Oct 2010, 09:33

1. ella (unregistered)

Why in this review says that the camera and video of this phone is dull? Why on GSMarena, the pre-sample shot was very impressive indeed (even shot @ 6MP). This is why PhoneArena is behind GSMarena in reviewing this kinds of phones because your not even close to what users will have to experience. Your somewhat biased at some point. People out there, compare the review of GSMarena and this site to Nokia N8, you can see the difference.

posted on 27 Oct 2010, 09:33

2. ella (unregistered)

Why in this review says that the camera and video of this phone is dull? Why on GSMarena, the pre-sample shot was very impressive indeed (even shot @ 6MP). This is why PhoneArena is behind GSMarena in reviewing this kinds of phones because your not even close to what users will have to experience. Your somewhat biased at some point. People out there, compare the review of GSMarena and this site to Nokia N8, you can see the difference.

posted on 27 Oct 2010, 16:48

3. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)

Nokia's recent announcement that Qt would become the standard basis for User Interface developments going forward has made the C7, N8, E7, and C6-01 much more appealing. All UI enhancements previously planned for Symbian^4 will be accelerated AND included in Symbian^3. In fact, the ^3, ^4 naming has also disappeared. Owners of the C7 will see a lot of software upgrades over the next year. It is also excellent news for apps, as there is NO legacy break under this strategic shift in Symbian's UI. The completely new browser will also arrive near term, based on Qt/webkit.

posted on 27 Oct 2010, 14:32 1

4. Ergonpandilus (unregistered)

Can you be more specific on this: "Symbian^3 is at times convoluted." Besides browser, what are the things that you find hard to use?

And how about "Shiny fascia loves fingerprints"? Isn't that the case for ALL the touchscreen phones with capasitive touch?!

PS. Try Predictive Text and Word Auto-Completion on QWERTY(!) too, that really improves the usability.

posted on 28 Oct 2010, 16:41

5. RVM (unregistered)

nice review, thx

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 01:53

6. FCBM (unregistered)

Good day,

very nice review indeed and very nice phone too. Too bad though Nokia doesn't get the recognition it deserves for putting out the N8, C7 and E7.

As I said I like the C7 very much. However I can't find a whole lot of Apps in the Ovi Store. Now my question is, are Apps and Games interchangable between the N8 and C7?

I thank you in advance!

posted on 30 Oct 2010, 06:44

7. Sankalp (unregistered)

How come there isn't a single mention of "TV out & USB On The Go" feature which have found their way for the very first in any smartphone (alongwith N8 & C6-01 ofcourse). Agreed the standard sales package of C7 doesn't provide the USB-OTG adapter (while N8 does that) but still don't you guys think it was worth a mention atleast.. !!

I would also like to know its price in India?

posted on 30 Oct 2010, 18:27

8. Justus Jonas (unregistered)

Good day,

I think, this is going to be my next phone. However, there's one thing I need to know, before I am going to buy it:

Since the phone is equipped with a full focus cam, instead of autofocus, will it be able to scan barcodes (with barcoo for example) and QR-Codes?

I know that the old iPhones (w/o autofocus) can, but what about the c7?

Thank you and regards.

posted on 12 Nov 2010, 12:55

9. AbhiKumar (unregistered)

I but this Phone recently. Very Nice phone and the Symbian ^3 experience is also Good..
I really enjoy with Phone

posted on 17 Nov 2010, 07:39

10. Shejuguru (unregistered)

If this Phone had Autofocus and its default Web browser changed to Opera then it would have been a perfect phone. Almost all reviews on the net has a view that Symbian is very old it cannot match with Iphone OS or Android etc etc. But the fact is that , still Symbian(Nokia) is commanding around 50% of the world's Mobile market.
Are we so stupid of getting diverted from our Symbian Phones based on reviews from the Authors who are getting paid from Apple or Android. Be wise ,think twice before leaving Nokia, If at all you go I am sure you will come back.

Nokia Fan

posted on 22 Nov 2010, 00:05

11. Dhamodharan (unregistered)

I can see some of Nokia C7 owners say that the phone gets hang up / getting switched off often. I wanted to know what exactly the owners of C7 really feels after using it. Pls respond.

posted on 22 Nov 2010, 00:07

12. Dhamodharan (unregistered)

I saw those comments on gsmareana.com.

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 01:36

13. imran (unregistered)

this is nt d phone. stupidity. i ll go 4 samsung

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 00:31

14. ish (unregistered)

i always refer phone arena for comprehensive review. gsm arena makes casual remarks on speech quality where as phone arena makes it a specific point to offer detailed opinion on call quality and clarity. i just brush aside reviews which go to great length in describing features of phone keeping mum on signal strength, call volume and clarity. in this aspect phone arena beats all other reviews hollow. often i have been tempted to buy a handset after reading reviews on other sites. but i never bought any until i read what p a has to say about prime aspect of any handset-speech quality snd volumes. if it is bad p a says so without mincing words. gosh i have been saved many times by the crisp and straight remarks of p.a. had i ventured to buy that set it would have ended in my dust bin. keep it up p a.

posted on 01 Dec 2010, 09:32

15. torrentblock (unregistered)

SWYPE works a dream on this phone and blows away any other form of text input.

that, plus divx out the box, the ovi maps... fm transmitter, makes driving so much more enjoyable!

posted on 01 Dec 2010, 10:07

16. torrentblock (unregistered)

i love this phone. to answer the question above, i am able to use this phone without it hanging up or dropping calls. My girlfriend can't quite get the hang of it though, but then she manages to drop calls on her HTC desire too...

posted on 01 Dec 2010, 22:53

17. LYK (unregistered)

Pls don't buy nokia handphone, i just brought nokia c7 in 11/11/2010 from Nokia dealer , just use for two days the phone 'hang' and phone lock up no responding, so i bring it to the Nokia dealer where i brought ( Jusco Permas Jaya , Malaysia), they said they won't give us service or repairing, then i have no choice i send to Nokia service center at Landmark IT Mall Johor Bahru malaysia, they said 3 hours will settle my problem,but after waiting for 6 hours the answer is no spare parts for repair, i must go back and wait for theirs news. After 1 week we didn't get any respond from them, so i call them again... answer is you must be patient , once ready they will inform and no time commitment...call Nokia care center same tone also , have to wait............no commitment..........! As a consumer buy a handphone can not be use,what do you think.... DON'T BUY NOKIA HANDPHONE ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 15:49

18. JudaZ (unregistered)

LYK - well buy an icrap then and see what support you get after 90 days.... none

posted on 21 Dec 2010, 03:31

19. RLKK (unregistered)

Am in Singapore ..... Don't .... don't even touch this phone. Got a C7 for a month now, after less than 1 week, it keeps hanging. Sent to Nokia Care and they took two weeks and cannot figure out, then after much pressing, they replaced the motherboard and now (after 1 week) phone starts hanging again.

posted on 22 Dec 2010, 04:58

20. holomodo (unregistered)

Bought a C7 three days back. Have nothing to compain about so far. Fantastic build quality. Excellent hardware features. UI is smooth and responsive. Symbian OS is acceptable, not the monster that some people are making it out to be. This phone is worth the money that you pay for it. I am glad I bought this phone.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 06:02

24. Rawv (unregistered)

lucky !

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 04:01

21. c7 user (unregistered)

was given a c7 by my wife as a birthday gift. within 7 days of usage, the phone died and would not start again. when i brought to the service center, the phone was diagnosed to required level 3 repair, and thus was sent to the nokia head ofc here in the philippines. was advised that it will take about 7 days to diagnose the problem.

stay away from this phone.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 06:06

25. Rawv (unregistered)

Did you get this back ?????

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 04:16

31. c7 user (unregistered)

as an update, got my phone 3 weeks after i turned it in. they had problems getting a new mainboard replacement. when they were about to turn it over to me, they discovered that the sim card containter (back cover) was also defective and needed to be replaced.

so i was happy with the phone, spending hours enjoying its features - until i got a message from nokia recommending a software upgrade via ovisuite. so stupid fool that i am, i did so, as it promised better performance. i followed every instruction to the letter. but when the phone reflash was done, my phone could not power off. so i brought it immediately to the nokia care center. the following day, i was advised it had to be sent for level 3 repair again. and guess what, it needs a new mainboard replacement!!!! and of course, there are no available parts.

of the 10 weeks since i've had the phone, its been 5 weeks in the nokia repair shop. i love the features of the phone - but i hate the fact that it needs frequent mainboard replacement.

again. if you are thinking of getting this phone - stay away from nokia. might as well try samsung or other android phones.

btw, my brother in law bought an n8 last november. within 7 days, the phone got bricked, and it took also 3 weeks before its mainboard could be replaced.


posted on 08 Jan 2011, 23:41

22. rre (unregistered)

I brought it last week.with in one week if automatically switched off more than 20 times.while making call and receiving call get hanged and after some times phone got switched off.After few minutes only its again getting on..Search in google nokia c7 complaints before buying it.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 05:58

23. Rawv (unregistered)

I had bought this phone last sunday, within 8 days the phone got dead. Now it has been sent to the Nokia Care ( Main Branch- Noida ). Not sure when will i get this back. My money is at a stake.......

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 12:18

26. John (unregistered)

Don't go for c7 now..I brought last week and its totally dead yesterday.Now its sent to factory for checking.Some of my friends also facing same problem.Seems to be some buck in this product.wait for get it fixed

posted on 14 Jan 2011, 01:36

27. Santhosh3186 (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


1. Phone hangs then restarts after a
few seconds
2.phone hangs, shuts
down, then cannot be started up
again for a while, like 30 minutes.


Mine also has defect in it and i rectify in following way.
~back up ur msg,contact,videos,image
to PC.
~then format ur mmc and remove it.
~remove 3rd party app,games from ur
~do hard reset by pressing *#7370#
~reinstall C7 FIRMWARE from nokia
care and after that
~then update ur phone with latest firmware v012.004 RM-675 file size-274 MB (release on
30dec) in INDIA from ovi suite or from nokia care and then
~transfer ur
back up msg,contacts,photos.
now it
will work fine and flawlessly without any
problem and now ur problem will be

~fix all restarting,hanging
bugs that have in older
~Updated version is very quick for
video sharing.
~It has all new updated Facebook
~Improved browser speed and also the
search speed also.
~It also provided updated country and
region maps plus in-device user guide.
~Improved search. Performance improvements.


posted on 14 Jan 2011, 01:37

28. Santhosh3186 (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

1st batch of C7 Has defect in them.
Mine also has defect in it .
~I reinstall C7 FIRMWARE and
~then update my phone with two firmware v012.003(release in November) and v012.004(release on 30dec) and now working without any problem.
I am happy now and install lots of app,games.
Play games on tv screen with C7.

PLZ PLZ! follow these steps and update ur phone with these two firmware and ur problem will be solved.


posted on 20 Jan 2011, 06:41

29. Baiju (unregistered)

Hi guys,

Nokia C7 is a fantastic phone...sorry smart phone. It is really smart. People may say their experience..most of them may not even tried out one forth of its features. I tried all the features and impressed a lot. It is a mini computer, a HD video cam, a Digital Cam, A multi format video player, music player, a very good navigation device, a very good smart touch phone... what else you are looking for... Symbian ^3 is a good OS and offers most of the advanced features... also offerring more and more through OVI store... Enjoy the smart phone leader ...my favourite Nokia C7.

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